AI Technologies that Matters in the New Era of Computing

The IBM-ILLINOIS Center for Cognitive Computing Systems Research (C3SR) is a multi-year joint venture between IBM Research and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to solve the most pressing issues facing the new computing era of artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive computing. The C3SR center is also an integral part of the IBM AI Horizons Network.

Three layers are pivotal to defining a computing paradigm: applications, software, and hardware. The recent shift of computing paradigm to AI/cognitive computing has brought opportunities to rethink the design of the three layers and an end-to-end cross layer AI/cognitive system optimization. At C3SR, we aim to develop technologies to improve AI/cognitive application developers’ productivity on a heterogeneous infrastructure.

Experts from IBM and Illinois will research fundamental cognitive/AI science and technologies that matter to solve societal issues, such as improving the quality of learning. We want to improve a leaners’ experience by building a creative experiential learning advisor for suggesting projects, identifying pertinent concepts, and offering assessment questions. To accomplish this goal, C3SR will develop software frameworks to improve development of cognitive applications, hardware acceleration of data intensive cognitive workloads based on an open computing platform, OpenPOWER. The research cuts across all three layers so that issues can be addressed at the most appropriate level.

We envision technologies developed at the Center will dramatically accelerate the creation and deployment of large-scale, high-impact cognitive applications, be instrumental for the industry’s transition into the new era of cognitive computing, and benefit the next generation’s education and learning experience.